Real Classic

WHAT THE PAPERS SAY

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ROTARY VALVES offer a wider power band for any given maximum power output level than does a pistonport engine, due to the absence of complicate­d resonant waves that are only effective over a rather narrow part of the rev band

CREDIT MUST go to the rotary valves as the Samurai does not display any of the sometimes annoying twostroke idiosyncra­sies. Instead, it has the predictabi­lity usually associated with four-stroke designs

KAWASAKI BELIEVES that a strong crank assembly is the most important single requiremen­t in any engine and the one in the Samurai is, indeed, a hefty piece of beautifull­y machined steel supported by four ball-type main bearings

THE SAMURAI is heavy and could be mistaken for a larger-than-250 machine. Fortunatel­y it has plenty of horsepower to cope with the weight and the result is an exceptiona­lly sturdy motorcycle

ALTHOUGH THE front brake feels rather spongy at the lever it is an excellent stopper; light, progressiv­e and completely capable of carrying out its functions with maximum safety. The rear brake is more than adequate for the job

ALL THREE upper gears are nicely spaced and easily selected, as the gear lever has a short, positive stroke. There is however a fairly large gap between first and second that require the engine be buzzed a bit before the shift

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